Friday, March 27, 2009


Received an envelope with 4 great Unesco sites from Spain...

It is one of the oldest active Roman lighthouses in the world.

The Tower of Hercules is located between Orzán cove and the Gulf of Ártabro. It is a Roman lighthouse from ancient Brigantium. It dates from the 2nd century AD, It has a square ground plan, measures 68 metres and the light that it casts is visible at sea from a distance of 32 miles. You have to climb a total of 242 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse, but the effort is well worthwhile for its magnificent views of the city of A Coruña and its coastline.

Areal view of A Coruna the most North-western Atlantic facing province of Spain. This province is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

The walls of Lugo were built in the later part of the 3rd century to defend the Roman town of Lucus. The entire circuit survives intact and is the finest example of late Roman fortifications in western Europe.

According to legend, the Cathedral De Santiago De Compostela holds the remains of one of Christ’s apostles, St James (Santiago in Spanish). King Alfonso II of Asturias built a church over the tomb in the ninth century and this was expanded in later years, making the town the most important place of Christian pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. One of the best, but also most crowded, times to visit the cathedral is during one of the special masses, where priests swing a huge incense-burner on a rope-and-pulley system from one end of the transept ceiling to the other.

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